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Apr 10, 2015

Full Raleigh Beer List and Sneak Peak #03: Haw River and Fullsteam

With our first major event of 2015 fast approaching, we wanted to give you our final sneak preview of the BMBW component of All About Beer Magazine’s World Beer Festival in Raleigh on Saturday, April 11th. This preview highlights the beers that Haw River Farmhouse Ales and Fullsteam Brewery are bringing to the festival. A full beer list is included at the end of the post too!

If you're coming to the fest, stop by and say hi to us, the brewers, and the Conservation Trust for North Carolina!

Haw River Farmhouse Ales

Haw River is focused on creating unique farmhouse beers and supporting local and sustainable economies in Saxapahaw, North Carolina. Ben Woodward and some of the brewery’s crew ventured out along the Haw River on a portion of land that is within the Mountain-to-Sea Trail, taking inspiration from a walk right in their backyard. The final product is called “Son of Lemontree: A Study of Smoked Wheat & Pine.” This beer is a dry-hopped smoked wheat beer utilizing locally grown raw wheat in the mash and young white pine needles in the finish. Before packaging, lemon zest and whole leaf Sorachi Ace hops made an appearance.

Fullsteam Brewery

Having participated in our Denver festival last year, we knew that Fullsteam would pull all the stops when they joined on again this year. They brewed up two beers for the festival. The first, "Square Root," is their foraged sassafras dark ale, and blended with an addition of Frasier fir tips and fallen birch. Ambrosia, their second beer, is a saison brewed with yeast cultivated from Duke Gardens, Virginia sweetgrass, and foraged persimmons.

Fullsteam has one of the most community involved foraging programs in the country. Each year, the brewery buys persimmons that are community-foraged in Durham. They are brought to the brewery and the resulting beer is called First Frost, a winter persimmon ale. You can learn more about the beer on this video clip.

Full beer list:

Bull City Ciderworks, Durham, North Carolina:
Spruce Bringsteen: Cider made with five different varieties of apples and spruce tips.

Fonta Flora Brewery, Morganton, North Carolina:
1. Brutus: saison brewed with dandelions and a mixed yeast profile with brettanomyces.
2. La Loblolly: A collaboration with Scratch Brewing Company! A red saison with Cherry wood shavings, dead loblolly pine needles, and fresh eastern white pine needles.

Fullsteam Brewery, Durham, North Carolina:
1. Square Root: a version of Root, a foraged sassafras dark ale, blended with an addition of Frasier fir tips and fallen birch.
2. Ambrosia: a version of Fearrington Spring, a saison brewed with yeast cultivated from Duke Gardens, Virginia sweetgrass, and foraged persimmons.

G2B Restaurant & Brewery, Durham, North Carolina:
Nasturtium Hefeweizen inspired by a hike at Umstead Park in Raleigh.

Haw River Farmhouse Ales, Saxapahaw, North Carolina:
Son of Lemontree: A Study of Smoked Wheat and Pine, a dry-hopped smoked wheat beer with locally grown raw wheat, young white pine needles, and lemon zest.

Southern Pines Brewing Company, Southern Pines, North Carolina:
English IPA brewed with local malt and a yeast blend that includes native yeast from peach blossoms.

All About Beer Magazine's World Beer Festival Raleigh
April 11th, 12-4pm, 6-10pm
Moore Square Park, Downtown Raleigh

Apr 5, 2015

River North Arts District Walk with Our Mutual Friend

The 2015 Colorado Beers Made By Walking year is officially underway! Last weekend, we opened up our season with a public walking tour of Denver’s River North neighborhood. The hike, guided by Rachel Hultin of Walk2Connect, wound through the side streets and alleyways that canvas the street art scene of RiNo's reputable Art District. We were joined by our good friends over at Our Mutual Friend Tenth Acre & Brewery (OMF) and a whole group of beer-loving walkers from around the city.

This walk was purposefully different from the trail-based walks in the mountains that we usually plan for our BMBW brewing partners. Our Mutual Friend often works with arts communitites in the design of the beer, glassware, and beer labels so a graffiti walk felt appropriate.

OMF co-owner, Brandon Proff, opened the walk introducing brewery’s plan for their on-premise hop garden. We set off and Rachel first led us around the block to the Epic Beer Wall at Epic Brewing Company, located just three blocks from OMF. The back wall of Epic’s Denver facilities features the artwork of anonymous graffiti artists, all of who have been granted permission to create. The wall serves as a canvas for a form of media that is otherwise illegal.

From the Epic Beer Wall we pulled away from the main roads and dove back into the alleyway galleries of RiNo. The four-block stretch of backdoor alley is also a permission-only art wall, and therefore a haven for street artists hoping to avoid ugly edits by illegal tagging. Each mural added wonderfully unique pomp and personality to the art walk and dazzled our group.

Before we turned back to OMF, Rachel redirected us to one of Denver’s increasingly popular urban gardens. The community garden project, known as Triangle Park, which is run by Denver Urban Gardens (D.U.G), an organization that encourages dedicated growth and sense of community by supporting public gardens around the Metro Denver area.

After doubling back to Our Mutual Friend, and closing words from Brandon and Rachel, our walking group settled down on the outdoor patio to enjoy a locally sourced OMF beer and a sunny spring day in Denver. We're really interested to see how OMF uses this graffiti walk as inspiration for a future beer. Stay tuned to find out more about the beer's release during our festival in September.

Walk2Connect leads walking programs that get individuals and organizations in touch with various neighborhoods all around the Front Range. Rachel Hultin is the Community Program Director and led an awesome and informative walk!

Our Mutual Friend is a 3-barrel brew house in Denver’s RiNo neighborhood that focuses on building beers from Colorado ingredients only. Brandon Proff is Managing Partner and pours a mean Farmhouse Ale.

Thanks to both Rachel and Brandon for joining us on our walk!

Apr 2, 2015

Raleigh Sneak Peak #02 - Bull City and Fonta Flora

We recently announced that Beers Made By Walking is featured in the coming All About Beer Magazine’s World Beer Festival in Raleigh on Saturday, April 11. We worked with a handful of NC breweries to create place-based beer for the festival. We wanted to give a couple sneak previews of the beers that will be available at our component of the festival. This preview highlights what Bull City Ciderworks and Fonta Flora Brewery are bringing to the festival.
Bull City Ciderworks
Bull City will be joining the BMBW program with a cider named Spruce Bringsteen. “We cut down a tree every year for Christmas. We head up to Lee's Trees in West Jefferson, NC, hike up the mountain to pick the perfect tree, chop one down, carry it down the mountain side, load it up and head back. This year after trimming the tree we had a lot of branches that we would normally toss into the woods so we decided to make a spruce cider.”

This cider is made of 100% NC apples from Perry Lowe Orchards in Wilkesboro, NC, using the apple varieties of Staymen Winesap, Pink Lady, Fuji, Golden Delicious and Limbertwig.

Fonta Flora Brewery
Fonta Flora participated in our Denver festival last October and we were thrilled when they told us they would bring some of their beer to Raleigh! This brewery consistently creates beer that speaks to its sense of place in Morganton, North Carolina. While FFB took home a gold medal for their Dry Irish Stout at GABF, the brewery will tell you they are more proud of creating beer with ingredients found in their own backyard. FFB also hosts a festival called State of Origin every year, inviting North Carolina brewers to bring a beer with ingredients grown in their home state.

The first beer that they are showcasing is Brutus, a dandelion saison fermented with brettanomyces. The second beer is a collaboration with Scratch Brewing Company. Fonta Flora and Scratch first met at our event in Denver and they have been looking for an excuse to work together ever since. You can watch out for a red saison with cherry wood shavings and pine needles.

Mar 31, 2015

Raleigh Sneak Peek #01 - G2B and Southern Pines

Nasturtiums Ready for Brewing
We recently announced that Beers Made By Walking is featured in the coming All About Beer Magazine World Beer Festival in Raleigh on Saturday, April 11. We worked with a handful of NC breweries to create place-based beer for the festival. We wanted to give a couple sneak previews of the beers that will be available at our component of the festival. This preview highlights G2B Restaurant & Brewery and Southern Pines Brewing Company.

G2B Restaurant & Brewery

G2B Restaurant & Brewery is a new establishment in Durham that brings together creative and innovative American cuisine with some of the best craft beers around the world. This establishment recently added a nanobrewery to its operations in order to really push the envelope on its offerings as well as be able to pair specific beers with food through in-house communication and development.

Andrew Christenbury, the head brewer at G2B, ventured out with his family to Umstead Park in Raleigh to draw inspiration for a new beer. Having spotted some flowers that reminded him of Nasturtiums, he envisioned a hefeweizen brewed with these local flowers. This reflection of springtime in North Carolina calls to flora available early in the year and really works nicely for a small-batch experimental brew in April.

Young members of the Southern Pines family frolicking through Boyd Tract

Southern Pines Brewing Company

Southern Pines Brewing Co decided to go for a walk in a local nature preserve, the Boyd tract, which is part of Weymouth Woods – Sandhills Nature Preserve. To take an excerpt from the brewery's blog concerning its walk, “This plot of land is special to us here at the brewery because the tree in our logo is a picture of one of the longleaf pines on the Boyd tract. It had been almost 2 years since we last went walking down the sandy trails, and the Beers Made By Walking program provided the perfect excuse to get out and enjoy a beautiful day in the woods with family.”

Southern Pines created an English IPA focusing on earthy, resinous, and floral flavors. The base malt is from North Carolina grown Farmboy Farms and the yeast is a blend that integrates a native yeast strain isolated from peach blossoms with the goal to create the smell of spring in Southern Pines.

Mar 25, 2015

BMBW Teams Up With All About Beer for World Beer Festival Raleigh!

Today we are excited to announce a program expansion into North Carolina after building a partnership with All About Beer Magazine. On April 11, we will present a number of unique, place-based beers that reflect a strong connection to local landmarks and flora at All About Beer Magazine’s World Beer Festival Raleigh. Beers are presented in two sessions, from 12:00pm - 4pm and 6:00pm - 10:00pm, at Moore Square Park in downtown Raleigh.

The Beers Made By Walking (BMBW) portion of the festival will include beers from Fonta Flora BreweryFullsteam BreweryG2B Restaurant & BreweryHaw River Farmhouse Ales, and Southern Pines Brewing Company and a cider from Bull City Ciderworks. These beers will include indigenous ingredients that include: native yeast strains, spruce tips, wild flowers, pine needles, and more.

Honoring Beers Made By Walking’s practice of raising funds for local environmental non-profits, All About Beer Magazine is sending a portion of the BMBW proceeds to the Conservation Trust for North Carolina. This organization helps protect natural environments in the state for more than 20 years by working with local land trusts, landowners, communities, and government agencies.

The World Beer Festival Raleigh has two additional components to their event this year. The first is a Belgian Bier Garden with 20 different beers, and the second is a North Carolina Beer component, featuring 40 different breweries from around the state.

World Beer Festival - Raleigh
April 11, 12-4pm, 6-10pm
Moore Square Park, Downtown Raleigh

Jan 12, 2015

2014 Was A Fantastic Year For BMBW

2014 was a fantastic year for BMBW. (But it's not over yet, see below for a surprise Portland hike this weekend!) We'd like to take this time to look at some of the great things that happened this year in our program. 

In 2014, we worked with 56 commercial breweries to create over 60 place-based beers inspired by hikes around the country. The beers ranged from wildly experimental to subtle and elegant. For example Scratch's 105 beer was made with 105 different herbs and plants all located near their brewery, while Hopworks' beer was a tasty Berliner Weisse with the simple addition of salal berries. Or take Worthy Brewing's easy drinking ale that used wild rices, grains, and other plants from the desert and compare it to the big, bold flavors of Fremont's double IPA with elderberries, sampled next to the delicate rose hips in Naked City's Saison. Or consider Thunder Island's wild ale made with yeast from an old growth forest, which we sampled on hikes in Portland.

We worked with four different organizations to help lead over fifteen regional, public hikes with brewers. Through our tasting events, we raised over $5,700 to support the educational endeavors of these organizations with your help. These organizations are: Cottonwood Institute (Denver), Forest Park Conservancy (Portland), Friends of the Cedar River Watershed (Seattle), and Oregon Natural Desert Association (Bend).

Beers Made By Walking received national attention for the experimental beers that came out of our program. Some of our favorite coverage came from those who recognized that our program is an effort to connect beer to community, and to have beer reflect the landscape in an authentic and honest way. Check out articles from Seattle Weekly about our hikes in Washington, Appellation Beer talks about beer and place, and Zythophile calls us a driving force for the US place-based beer movement. We were in The Men's Journal, we were published in Outside Magazine, and we got to talk about old growth forests onOregon Public Broadcast.

2014 was awesome!

In order to continue our work to get people outside and to create beer that has a true sense of place, we need your continued help and support. Please share this newsletter with friends, tell people to follow us on Facebook, and look for opportunities to hike and give throughout 2015. That's right, we're gearing up for 2015, and we can't wait!

Oct 15, 2014

Beer List for BMBW Seattle on October 23rd!

Our final Beers Made By Walking event of the year takes place in less than a week in Seattle, WA. We just compiled the list of beers that will be at the event and wanted to share them because the list is absolutely incredible looking. We've also added a tenth beer to the list, Hopworks from Portland, OR. The majority of these beers were based off three hikes in and around Seattle, led by the Friends of the Cedar River Watershed. On the 23rd, from 6-9pm, you'll have the opportunity to drink these beers, and proceeds will be donated to FCRW.

You can have 10 samples for $15 or you can buy $5 pints at the event.

Beers Made By Walking Seattle TappingOctober 23rd /// 6-9pm
Naked City Brewery /// 8564 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle

Here's the list of beers:

Big Al Brewing /// Huckleberry Saison /// 6.8%, 30 IBU
A bready, spicy and fruity saison with wild huckleberries, inspired by a hike at Cougar Mountain.

Brickyard Brewing /// Salal Saison /// 5.1%
Belgian Style Saison with the addition of Salal leaves, inspired by a hike at Steward Park.

Epic Ales /// Wild Watercress Farmhouse Blonde /// 4.7%, 25 IBU
A light rustic ale brewed with wild watercress foraged in the Olympic peninsula.

Fremont Brewing /// Brother Imperial IPA with Spruce Tips & Elderflowers /// 8.5%, Billions of IBUs
A big, bold Northwest Imperial IPA with spruce tips and elderflowers. Based off a hike in Discovery Park in Seattle, Washington.

Hi-Fi Brewing /// Look Up – See Dere? /// 5.9%, 22 IBU
Smoked Brown Porter, smoked over Western Redcedar. Inspired by a hike at Cougar Mountain.

Naked City Brewery /// Rose's Funky Hips /// 6.3%, 35 IBU
Belgian Style Saison brewed with locally foraged rose hips, inspired by a hike at Discovery Park.

Schilling Cider /// Cedar Tip Dry Farmhouse Cider /// 6.3% ABV
Rustic, tannic dry cider with local Western Redcedar tips, inspired by a hike at Cougar Mountain

Fort George Brewery /// Spruce Budd Ale /// 5%, 0 IBU
We harvested spruce from trees on the coast, near Astoria. We produced 30bbl batch and used 200 pounds of Spruce tips.

Hopworks Urban Brewery /// Salal Slap /// 4.1% ABV, 3 IBU
Salal Slap is a bracingly sour Berliner Weisse with Salal berries, based on an old growth hike in Portland, OR.

Laurelwood Brewing /// Saison de Walkie /// 5.5%, 12 IBU
Tart Saison with rose hips and elderberries inspired by a hike on the Wildwood Trail in Forest Park, Portland.